Thieves broke into a community centre in Bourne and stole hundreds of pounds from collection tins and tills.
Cleaner Julie Smith discovered the break-in at Wake House in North Street when she came into work on Wednesday morning.
Administrator Tracy Grimshaw was then informed of the news, along with Greg Cejer, a trustee of Bourne Art and Community Trust, which manages the centre, and she rushed down to the centre to assess the damage.
The intruders emptied collection tins from coffee mornings that are run by the trust and Bourne Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Group run, rental income from groups that hired rooms at the house that week, and cash from tills from beautician Tanya Hyde’s room. The total taken is believed to be between £300 and £400.
The thieves also damaged doors, locks and filing cabinets, which is set to cost more than £600 to repair.
Tracy said: “I was on the school run when I was told there had been a break-in.
“It’s just one of those things that we’re going to have to get on with.
“As Wake house is managed by a charity we are upset that people would break-in and steal money from us, and other charities and business in the building. We are fortunate that we do not keep much money, or equipment of value on the premises.
“It’s more the damage that they’ve done. It’s a real inconvenience.”
The damage caused to the rooms which they broke into has been repaired, and locks have been changed for security.
The trust has thanked SBN Carpentry and Building Services for its fast response in repairing the doors and locks.
The trust is now looking to review its security systems to ensure it does not happen again.
Tracy was surprised the intruders left laptops and phones, and believes it was just cash that they were looking for.
They also took the CCTV footage and a set of keys which gave access to all the rooms in the centre. The locks have been replaced.
Police are now appealing to witness to the incident, which took place on Tuesday night, to come forward with information.
Call police on 101 and quote incident number 61 of March 12.
Three youths were caught on CCTV causing damage to the entrance sign of the Community Access Point at the Bourne Corn Exchange on Friday evening.
They were questioned by police and have admitted responsibility. They will be contributing towards the cost of a new entrance sign.